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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 18-342

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • April 16, 2018
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    Ruskin Man Charged With Sexual Battery

    The victim was kept inside the vacant residence for approximately 18 hours before she was able to escape.
    • Wednesday
    • April 11, 2018
    • Time: 1:30 PM
    • Hillsborough County

    Arrested:


    Jerry Roberts Jr
    DOB: 04/07/1986
    729 21st Ave SE
    Ruskin, FL

     

    Charges:

    • Kidnapping
    • Sexual Battery
    • Aggravated Battery

    Victim:

    Adult Female
     

    Details:

    On April 11, 2018, at approximately 1:30 pm, the victim was dropped off by a friend at a vacant home in Ruskin where she met the defendant, Jerry Roberts Jr. who guided her to the rear entrance of the home. The victim entered the residence and was struck multiple times in the face and head by Roberts. Roberts then held a machete to her neck and threatened her life, tied up with a ligature and sexually battered her. The victim was kept inside the vacant residence for approximately 18 hours before she was able to escape.

    A court authorized search warrant of the residence was conducted and evidence found was consistent that matched the victim's statements. Video of the victim bound and naked was found on Robert's phone along with other forensic evidence was seized.




     


     

     

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